Fettbot travel health and fitness tips

My Aunt asked me this weekend about health and fitness suggestions, so I thought I’d share my travel health and fitness tips on my blog too!
I use the 12 Minute Athlete App  when I don’t have a lot of time or options to work out (http://www.12minuteathlete.com/app/). It’s a great core workout in a very short timeframe. It also gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat. Initially, I had a really hard time completing the 3 sets of 6-30 second exercises since they’re pretty intense, but after a few times they’ve become easier however not pleasant. If I’m feeling more like a yoga session at home or in the hotel room, like after a long flight, I use Yoga Studio App. It’s Hatha yoga with 15, 30 or 60 minute options (http://yogastudioapp.com/). I really like the 15 minute relaxation yoga class right before going to bed.
I generally eat pretty healthy at home, but I find it very difficult to avoid carbs entirely while traveling for work. Thus, I try to do yoga or the 12 Minute app every day on the road, especially if I’m not walking over 10,000 steps daily! (Side note, working from home makes it difficult to reach this goal, but running through airports and hospitals makes this a real possibility!)
Every morning, regardless if I’m on the road or at home, I try to drink Athletic Greens, as a healthy veggie and superfood start to my day (https://www.athleticgreens.com/v5). Mr. F and I first learned about it the Four Hour Body book which is also a fun read. This supplement also focuses on happiness, immunity and nutritional healthy ingredients, which is especially helpful when I’m trying to be healthy and there are not a lot of great food options at the hotel or nearby.
The Athletic Greens directions suggest you drink it when you first wake up (on an empty stomach) but wait 30 minutes before eating, so this is usually when I do the 12 Minute Athlete App.
If I’m home though, we typically make smoothies for breakfast after the Athletic Greens. Since I’m lactose intolerant, I use kefir (there are several brands and some are also organic). It’s available at most grocery stores in the milk section.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes! http://www.fettbot.com/2014/11/06/pumpkin-pie-smoothie-recipe/ You can see our awesome Vitamix in this post which we got at Costco. We love it and use it daily, sometimes twice a day!
When I’m at home, I’m very lucky that Mr. F makes nutritious meals mostly substituting carbs for another vegetable serving. For example, at lunch yesterday, he made a salad with poached eggs, shaved fennel, parmesan and pepper,10486205_722860370342_8790223008158232276_nand for dinner, we had pork chops, avocado, broccoli, a little salad and a side of sriracha, garlic and lime aioli. 10957014_722865779502_3064106855384998589_n While traveling, I try to look for gluten-free options and sometimes the best options on the go are EPIC bars (http://www.epicbar.com/) or a big salad with protein. However, there are long days that a burger is the best option.
To round everything out, I take a few vitamins including fish oil with high DHA and EPA, vitamin B and D. My doctor/naturopath suggested this combination to combat Seasonal Affected Disorder (or the lack of sun in Seattle!)
What are your healthy food and fitness tips while traveling?

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This time last week, I was in Snowmass!

A little over a week ago, Mr. F and I flew through 11035610_721272183082_8261391819720239380_n San Francisco to Snowmass, CO to go skiing with his parents. It was sunny with great snow and we took tons of fun pictures.  10352261_721421184482_8363729509592683360_n Our first day of skiing was the coldest and with the best snow. We had fantastic views and had a marvelous time skiing. It was also our first time on the sloops in several years! 11044553_721421927992_5150495600727477_n Our favorite view was the Maroon Bells, which looked phenomenal from the top of the Cirque lift!10982175_721421848152_6314933059662350028_n

11054805_721559242812_6268431524852666512_n The second full day we were in Colorado we went for an easy hike along the Rio Grande Trail10258264_721559327642_4488028997290428827_nwith a lovely bridge for photos! 10987472_721559078142_6906618335931482700_nWe also walked along the Wood Road neighborhood to walk more than 10,000 steps! 10994057_721682420962_6006606703894456200_n Isn’t the family house door knocker majestic? 11058380_721682505792_6672946445289006095_n The inside of the Machek house is equally charming and full of family heirlooms too! 11013121_721755449612_3657190147809635913_n Mr. F and his mom had fun in the kitchen together, too! 10988319_721682939922_7682354683789026290_n Over the weekend, we skied in warmer weather11029483_721823223792_4044878421175373513_n and less layers!  11046483_721826162902_7735054974146081642_n We had an amazing time skiing11043042_721825783662_710132177965742570_n and we were so happy that yoga had helped so much with our conditioning! All the vinyasa flow has really paid off with all of the long Snowmass runs! Thank you, Claudette and Jessica, for making us do so many extended lunges and chair pose!

On our last day in Snowmass, we decided not to ski three days in a row and walk around Snowmass Village and Aspen instead.  11044642_721955882942_8440256674718619942_n There was a nice trail from the village to the highway that is also parallel to the snowshoeing trail along the golf course.  11052537_721956571562_1632135810090202350_n Our flight home was also a wonderful send off with a stunning flyover of Snowmass!18290_722054515282_5727325685031671108_n   11026056_722054535242_3350305989264785325_n

Our birthday month was marvelous

Time is moving so quickly! It’s been over a month since I last blogged and almost a month since my birthday! image While Mr. F was out of town the first two weeks of February, I celebrated my birthday early with my parents, grandparents and uncle at one of my favorite Italian restaurants, Agrodolce. I love all their pastas! The night before my birthday, Mr. F was back in town and we went to a champagne pairing dinner at the Whale Wins with our good friend, Mohit! One of the best dishes was the trout! image On my actual birthday I had teleconferences that started at 6 am so by the time it was lunch, I thought a piña colada image was in order at my favorite lunch place, La Isla! It was a perfect birthday treat. The day got even better as we celebrated image my birthday dinner with our good friends, Kelly, Patrick and Mohit at Brimmer & Heeltapimage February was so great because I didn’t have to travel much and we had so many great meals celebrating us! On Valentine’s Day, Mr. F made delectable egg pasta carbonara. image The next night we celebrated again at How to Cook a Wolf with my parents, grandparents and uncle. Tootie and I love Italian food.

On Mr. F’s birthday, Mohit joined us again and we shared a fantastic bottle of Bionic Frog! We also went to a fun small plates restaurant, Manolin image down the street from us.

image We celebrated Mohit’s birthday with a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island! We had a great lunch near the ferry and walked to Bainbridge Organic Distillers two miles from the ferry docks.image It was gorgeous weather and hard to believe it was 60 degrees on the last day of February. image image To top off our wonderfully indulgent month, we had dim sum before my trip to Los Angeles. While we were eating humbao and potstickers, a small dragon parade went by! image As if my birthday month couldn’t get any better, I was upgraded to First Class to and from Los Angeles, saw a great friend for lunch and a yoga session, plus I got to relax in the Alaska Airlines Board Room in LAX AND I sat behind a celebrity on the way back!!

My less than 30 hours in NYC!

Last week, when I was in New York City, it was sunny, around 40 degrees and now it’s 20 degrees colder with several inches of snow!

My first order of business when I arrived in New York City (after checking into my hotel) was going to the MoMA. I was lucky that the Hilton Midtown was across the street from the museum, so I was able to catch the last viewing of the Matisse exhibit for the day. Admission was also half off since the museum was only open another hour.  10390376_715946974842_217226768375760163_n Photos are not allowed but I snuck two of some of my favorite pieces, the Swimming Pool and10944935_715944629542_763894378902133763_n the Parakeet and the Mermaid10341963_716461508712_3031427850729619656_n Here’s the full version (not taken by me). tumblr_mijmxo5bW71s65wtxo1_500 It was found on tumblr. After the Matisse exhibit, I had just enough time to quickly walk through the main exhibits and even see a few pieces I recognized like the Andrew Wyeth.  10361972_715947079632_2550683230632992641_n 10383082_715946999792_3093841456895237848_n The gift stores were full of fun stuff and I picked up a few magnets of my favorite pieces including the Horse, the Rider and the Clown!  CRI_109616

Mr. F’s cousin Bethany, just moved to New York and we met up for a fantastic dinner the night I arrived in town. 10155938_716048206972_673747613635060677_n My friend Mohit had suggested Gotham Bar and Grill 10930517_716048192002_1009989143483989242_n and we loved it. Of course, we made sure to get the famous chocolate cake and the tuna tartare was absolutely delicious too. The cocktails were phenomenal too.

10933800_716048496392_7444697114012904956_nAfter my Thursday morning meetings, I met Bethany in her neighborhood and we took the subway to Chelsea Market and the High Line.10941018_716048631122_7689257121443882195_n We grabbed an iced tea in the market and wandered back into the sun. 10373957_716048930522_4793012681952195641_n It was a gorgeous day to walk along the High Line. 10940609_716048975432_7299807679003604906_n10931542_716049165052_4051182685837563237_n For a late lunch, early dinner, we went to the Spotted Pig10896837_716049654072_1752301784200339595_n This was our favorite suggestion of Mohit’s. 268542_716049424532_119392837978244809_n The interior was as charming as the exterior with adorable pig decorations and tiny tables. 10931237_716049444492_4546101551063709452_n10422418_716049524332_1909354474384181145_nWe loved our cocktails,10428657_716049459462_353576927942619566_nthe deviled eggs, 10584037_716049564252_4622421064092975651_n and the huge burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. 10544419_716049584212_7010878477925346287_n We demolished it together after our long walk! 10942639_716050028322_3259444329423928195_n There was a beautiful sunset as I left Manhattan as a perfect ending to a great work trip.

Plans for New York City tomorrow!

Walking through a crowd
The village is aglow
Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats
Under coats
Everybody here wanted something more
Searching for a sound we hadn’t heard before
And it said

Welcome to New York
It’s been waiting for you
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York
It’s been waiting for you
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York

It’s a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat, beat
Forevermore

Source:http://www.directlyrics.com/taylor-swift-welcome-to-new-york-lyrics.html

I’m such a planner and I’m so excited for my trip to NYC tomorrow. When I arrive tomorrow afternoon, I’ll check into my hotel in Midtown and if I still have an hour or more before closing (5:30pm), I’ll go to the MoMA. There are timed viewings for the Matisse cut-outs as late as 4:30pm.  14730a90aba170bc9ab43d200a7936af(Photo on my Pinterest, NYC things to do and the NY Times) Otherwise, I may have time to go Thursday afternoon before going to the airport in the evening.

Later Wednesday night, I made dinner reservations with my cousin, Bethany! She just moved to NYC recently, so it will be fun to walk around her new neighborhood, Greenwich Village. I’m told the chocolate cake at Gotham Bar and Grill is a must! the-gotham-cake_medium (Photo on my Pinterest, NYC things to do and found on their website) The restaurant is also highly rated by Zagat 2015!

Best American Restaurant in NYC, #1
Best Restaurant in Greenwich Village, #1
Best Bar Dining in NYC, #1
Best Place to Take your Parents, #1
Best Restaurants in NYC, #4

After my morning meetings on Thursday, I plan to walk through the Southern end of Central Park to Bar Boulud. They have an amazing prix frix menu that has pate, cavatelli and lemon curd. I cannot wait! 8f46a047b1d86019c46f2c5d2aea7c3d(Photo on my Pinterest, NYC things to do)

If I had more time, I would love to take a Strala class (ideally with Tara Stiles) or a class at Yoga to the People. I’d also love to walk around more of Lower Manhattan and visit Brooklyn, but as I’m pressed for time, I will be very happy to fit all my extra minutes in at the MoMA and parts of Central Park.

When I was last in NYC, in 2004, I had just flown back from Italy with my college friend. We stayed on the floor of her sister’s dental school dorm room,379c59404dc47b654985af16ea79fb1bwent to Bobby Flay’s resturant,18a90eb7eddc82c2f9656e5548d1aaa8saw the Phantom of the Opera (thanks to my awesome Auntie Pura)1005230e998764600b27220d38e204aaand walked from the Upper West Side to the Southern most tip of Manhattan. It was a blast, but we were exhausted especially from the time zone difference!

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This time will be much more concentrated but I plan to make this work trip fun, too!

I’m going to NYC for work! What shall I do?

I’m so excited to go to NYC for work! I haven’t been there in 10 years. While I’ll only be there a little over 24 hours, I have lots of ideas.

I’m hoping to meet up with an old childhood friend, perhaps go to the MoMA since it’s close to my hotel. The MoMA has a Matisse Cutouts exhibit that looks amazing! main_fit_300 I’ll have a little time in the afternoons, so if it’s still light out and not too cold, I’d love to visit the High Line or Central Park.

I have an awesome list of restaurant suggestions from a friend who loves food as much as I do.

Drink: Death & Co, PDT, Pegu Club,  Mayahuel

Lunch:
  • Jean George – 3 Michelin Star and amazing! $38 for 2 courses (not enough food so you will need to add more courses). It’s $20 for each additional. If you’d like to go cheaper, attached to Jean Georges is his more casual restaurant called Nougatine. They do a significantly cheaper tasting menu as well as a la carte. You may have to eat late at both of these. [Bonus: this is within walking distance of my hotel!]
  • Del Posto: Mario Batali restaurant which is really good (and really expensive for dinner) has a $39 3 course lunch. 
  • Babbo: Started serving lunch very recently. I’ve eaten dinner here a number of times and love it. $50 for a 4 courses. 
  • Gotham Bar and Grill: $30 threee course tasting menu. Really famous for their tuna tartare and their chocolate cake. 
If you’re just looking for something to grab and go and not sit down: Mamoun’s Falafel (they had this on Gossip Girl), Kathi Roll Company (Indian burritos that are delicious and super cheap).
 
You could also go to Eately (it’s a giant Italian market + restaurant that is really delicious). 
 
Dinner:
  • David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar or Noodle Bar. Noodle bar doesn’t take reservations and there will be a wait. Ssam does take reservations and will be more expensive. Neither of these are really pricy though. Momofuku Ko is is flagship where he does tasting menus. You could also do Ssam Bar for lunch. He’s known for the famous “duck lunch”
  • Spotted Pig: Michelin starred bar. Best deviled eggs I’ve ever had. Also a great burger. Pretty casual and they have fun drinks. I saw Matthew Broderick there once. 
  • Gramercy Tavern: Great food. Good for both lunch and dinner. 
  • DBGB: Daniel Boulud’s burger bar. It’s casual and delicious. Bar Boulud is pretty great too. More expensive though. 

I’d love to get a Cronut but I don’t think I’ll get up at 5:30am to stand in line at Dominique Ansel Bakery. However, “February Cronut™: Cherry Cherry – Cherry Blossom Ganache and Sour Cherry Gelee (with citrus sugar)” does look phenomenol. 10931444_974240395939087_2985404499422547390_n (photo from the Dominique Ansel Bakery page on FacebookThe Pre-Orders are even full until February 1st.

I’m staying in Midtown and would appreciate any ideas before I go next week!

Warning for Alaska Airlines travelers: don’t order the Tom Douglas special

The Tom Douglas Alaska Airlines entree was a severe disappointment. I had been looking forward to ordering it since I first read about it on Eater.com over a month ago. imageI neglected to take a picture of what it actually looks like because I was so uninspired. The dish was bland, there were very few pieces of cubed, brownish pieces of meat and even the blacked chili barely tasted like much. There were no beans seen in the chili but a few chucks of tomato.

As I handed my barely eaten bowl back to the flight attendant, I warned her it was quite full and she asked what I thought of it. I hesitated and she said, ‘that’s okay I’ve yet to hear of anyone liking it.’ We both agreed that we expected more from Tom Douglas and that he should be embarrassed to have his name on it. We love his food otherwise. The kind flight attendant offered me a fruit and cheese plate instead, no charge and I was instantly happier. She even recommended I write up a review of Tom Douglas’ Brisket Chili.

In short, don’t waste your $8. The potatoes are the biggest portion of the bowl and that’s not what you’re expecting or want. The rest of the dish is a bland mixture of cheese, tomatoes and a few pieces of beef, a bean or two, topped with a blackened chili that barely registers as a mild spice. I think I’ll continue skipping airplane food unless I’m starving.